The Lively Arts at IUP, a program of the College of Fine Arts, was recently awarded two grants for projects slated for the 2009–2010 Performance Plus season by Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT). The awards total $34,951, supporting residency activity and performances by the Chestnut Brass Company and the Nichole Canuso Dance Company.
PennPAT works to increase opportunities for professional Pennsylvania-based professional performing artists to obtain successful touring engagements. Created as a unique public/private partnership administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, PennPAT is funded by the Heinz Endowments, William Penn Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
The Chestnut Brass Company (CBC) is a Grammy-winning quintet that performs music from Bach to Broadway. Their enormous repertoire and uncompromising skill have made them one of America’s most beloved brass groups, captivating audiences for more than thirty years.
The funded project with CBC includes an advance visit to Indiana in November 2009, working with selected area high school brass programs in open classes and rehearsals as well as direct work with IUP brass students. A return visit in January will include a regional high school brass festival hosted by IUP and additional rehearsals. The culminating performance is scheduled for Sunday, January 31, in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center. The performance will include signature pieces by CBC along with combined and solo performances by IUP’s Hoodlebug Brass, IUP brass students, and up to four high school brass quintets.
The Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) creates dance to explore and expose the complex beauty of seemingly mundane behavior and celebrate the awkwardness, humor, and surprise in human experience. Through collaborative creation, NCDC invites the vulnerability and idiosyncrasies of the performers to permeate the work.
The project with NCDC is funded by PennPAT’s New Directions program, which supports more complex projects that involve a long-term residency with a PennPAT roster artist. These projects develop relationships among the PennPAT artists, local artists, and community members through collaborative activities, helping to expand the artist and their work.
For The Lively Arts, NCDC will make at least two advance trips to Indiana and provide at least twenty days of residency activities. They will work with IUP Dance Theater and community members in further developing and incorporating students dancers into their newest work, Wandering Alice. One of the unique aspects of this provocative, humorous, and ground breaking production is that it is a piece “on the go” where an intimate audience of no more than about sixty members will be taken from one location to another as the performance progresses—sometimes following the dancers and, at other times, leading them. Up to eight public performances will be presented in April 2010 in various locations of the IUP Performing Arts.
The remainder of the 2009–2010 Performance Plus season will be announced later in July with subscriptions available starting mid-August.